Here we go. Welcome to the many and intimidating tanks of Kuromorimine Girls High School.
Barring the Sturmtiger (thankfully), Kuromorimine pretty much fielded all of the Tiger variants. All of the photos in this post come from the Bovington Tank Museum (the collection at Yekaterinburg was attached to a memorial to the Great Patriotic War and didn’t have any German vehicles anywhere that I could see). So let’s start at the beginning with Maho’s personal tank, a Tiger I:
(This is apparently the only Tiger I in running order in the world).
And from that moment, here’s Maho’s Tiger I:
Meanwhile Maho’s subcommander Erika was running around in a Tiger II:
Speaking of Erika, here’s her first encounter with the annoyances of dealing with the fact that Miho is just downright sneaky and devious when it comes to tactics:
In fact Erika you would do well to listen to Darjeeling. Because Miho certainly did:
The Kuromorimine team included an Elefant, and this photo really doesn’t capture how imposing the damn thing is when you see it in person (but it’s the best I’ve got):
(This example actually belongs to U.S. Army Ordnance Museum but was on loan to Bovington to enable a single display of the entire Tiger family. Minus the Sturmtiger)
And here’s the Rabbits at the start of their quote “Super Strategy Plan”:
Mind you I shouldn’t be too hard on them given that Miho is running operation Teasy Tease at this thpoint
Another of the fixed gun vehicles fielded by Kuromorimine was the Jagdtiger:
And from slightly later in the episode here’s the Rabbits starting their heroic face off against the Jagdtiger (that doesn’t end quite so well for them):
Moving on from the Tigers, you might have blinked and missed it but there was a Panzer III scouting for the Maus (see below) in the TV Series. Bovington had one, kinda, sorta:
And here’s the (rather longer barrelled) Panzer III leading Oarai towards the Maus:
There were a number of Panthers in the line up:
And here are a couple of Panthers from the end of episode 11:
Speaking of Jagdpanthers and Hetzers, here’s the Jagdpanther that the Turtles disabled the first time attempting to rejoin the fray:
The thing is though, I’m looking at the position of the damaged wheel on the left side, and comparing it to the left side of Bovington’s Jagdtiger and wondering if there’s an in-joke going on here:
I don’t think I saw one of these. Certainly the Wikipedia entry for the Jagdpanzer IV doesn’t show one of the survivors being at Bovington. I’m not certain of my identification, but I think this was one of the Jagdpanzer IVs in episode 11:
No, I didn’t see the Maus either. And here it is whilst Hetzers gonna Hetz:
And that’s it for the cast (well the tanks at least) of the Girls Und Panzer TV series. I don’t have (legal) streaming versions of the OAVs and Der Film, so I can’t really get screenshots from those. Still, have an Italian L3/L4 tankette from the Australian War Memorial as an omake:
All of the photographs in this set of posts were taken by me on my Grand Tour, so please check that out if you’re amused by my photographic efforts.
Here’s the other posts in this series:
Question of the Post: Do you have a favourite tank in the Girls Und Panzer cast? If so, which is it?